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January is
Human Trafficking Awareness Month


At GEMS, raising awareness of Human Trafficking and helping sexually exploited young women is what we’ve done for the past 20 years. This January, we highlight the stories of the brave young women who have overcome obstacles and gone from victims to survivors to leaders. 

 Please help us continue to empower sexually exploited young women. Donate now.


About / Gems Vision


In 1998, Rachel Lloyd founded GEMS to give the girls and young women of NYC who had been commercially sexually exploited a place for support and a place to create positive change in their lives. Our vision is to end the commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and young women.


How We Serve Survivors


Educational Initiatives

Court Advocacy

Holistic Case Management

Transitional & Supportive Housing

How We Empower Survivors


We created The Survivor Leadership Institute and Resource Center (SLI) to help change the way girls and young women who have been in the life are seen by the world. The SLI helps survivors of CSEC and domestic trafficking learn to become leaders in their own life.


Our Impact

Our work works. And we have the numbers to prove it. 
For July 2018, our Educational Initiative program had 122 participants:


were enrolled in college


are pursuing a GED/TASC


were enrolled in high school




Help Us Fight Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking

There are numerous ways to help GEMS fight for a world where girls are not for sale:

Donate $25 to provide
a member with toiletries
for a month

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Donate clothes, perishables and household items to help
Survivors on their journey

Get creative
with fundraising




We provide training and technical assistance to agencies and institutions across the US that work with at risk youth, victims and survivors of domestic trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.


Want GEMS at Your Next Conference?


GEMS' staff, along with our founder and CEO Rachel Lloyd, are available for presentations, workshops, and keynotes at your next conference.